Panel: Augmented Memory & Place-telling

Saturday 13 September <11.00am>

Chair Ted Whitaker

Miriam Ross – Artist, 3D Film Landscapes
Dan Untitled –  Artist, DJ3D14
Judith Robinson – The Mobility of Tiki in Architecture
Kedron Parker & Bruce McNaught – The Wet Index

5-10 minutes presentation each then facilitated discussion.

In the destruction of Christchurch, people experienced a loss of the city in terms of their spatial orientation to landmarks and the associated memories of those places. The CityViewAR application created for the Historic Places High Street Precinct project re-animates the city’s missing façades. Other projects have sought to create spaces and fill those gaps in various ways such as the audio geo-annotation of projects like Sound Sky.

Sometimes particular elements of our city and architecture might provide a link to a living, developing cultural memory. Judith Robinson discusses the role of the Tiki in today’s built environment as representing the networking of family and community – a contemporary priority in urban life – and as a cultural ambassador of Pacific Oceania.

Kedron and Bruce present us with place-telling in liquid form where the data of the urban fresh water surfaces projects the viewer and invites their reflection on this precious commodity.

Dan’s DJ3D14 offers a super-realised view of Auckland city – a robot films the audience in anaglyph 3D and superimposes them into footage on a TV wall, jumpcutting between fictional scenes from movies and urban scenes from Auckland. Miriam using the old technology of the stereoscope turns her lenses on the ‘hyper-reality of the filmic landscape rendered in the larger than life 3D movie screen.  In both these artists work as with AR  participants are immersed in landscapes that do not reflect the information they are deriving from their senses. Rather a subverted and extended reality is presented

How can they instead be used to mobilise imaginations and making and what might be some good examples of this?